Over the past few years, there has been an increasing concern about the prevalence of uptalk, vocal fry, and other markers of so-called Valley Girl-speak among young women across America. Some pundits question the individuality, confidence, believability, professionalism, and hirability of women who adopt these vocal patterns. Others object to them on aesthetic grounds, complaining that girly voices are just plain irritating. For many, if women are to have a metaphorical voice, they must carefully manage the prosody of their literal one.
Heidelberg, Germany, 14-18 March, 2016
Call for Papers
The thirteenth HCA Spring Academy on American History, Culture, and Politics will be held from March 14-18, 2016. The Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) invites applications for this annual one-week conference that provides twenty international Ph.D. students with the opportunity to present and discuss their Ph.D. projects.
The HCA Spring Academy will also offer participants the chance to work closely with experts in their respective fields of study. For this purpose, workshops held by visiting scholars will take place during this week.
'We all have these thoughts sometimes.'
-- Stevie Smith, Some Are More Human Than Others (1958)
The work of Stevie Smith (1902-1971) has received uneven critical attention. Widely loved outside the academy, her novels and poetry resist traditional modernist narratives.
However, Smith is enjoying a revival both within and beyond academia. Not only has Virago Press recently re-released her novels, but a critical edition of her poems is forthcoming.
Given this resurgence in popular and academic interest in her writing, we invite you to share 'thoughts' on Stevie Smith's work, for a one-day conference in Oxford. Contributors may consider, but need not be limited to:
The state of exception, theorized by Carl Schmitt and Giorgio Agamben, describes the state's ability to grant exemptions to the normative order of its own law, and in so doing to perform itself as a unified whole. But as this political encounter with the performative suggests, theatre too has a long history of engagement with states of exception, and with a capacity to disrupt and evade normative orders. For theorists and practitioners as wide-ranging as Bertolt Brecht, Harold Pinter, Valie Export, and Peggy Phelan, this rupture is one of performance's most insistent pleasures – and a source of its most trenchant social critique.
The organizers of this panel session welcome papers that engage with any aspect of the word-image nexus in illustrated novels, stage productions, or film in Anglo-European or North American culture during the long nineteenth century.
In a letter to his friend and fellow jurist, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.—son of the original Boston Brahmin, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.—congratulated Frederick Pollock on his eightieth birthday saying, "Welcome to old age… So you are a child again in a new zone." In Geriatrics (1914), Ignatz Leo Nascher shared with Holmes the conception of old age as "a distinct period of life…a physiological entity as much so as the period of childhood." Both Holmes and Nascher utilize the comparison to childhood to suggest that by the end of the nineteenth century old age had become understood as a discrete stage of life.
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)
2016 National Conference
March 21-25, 2016
Call for Papers: American Literature
Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2015
The American Literature Area of the American Culture Association seeks individual papers for presentation at the 2016 National Conference of the PCA/ACA, to be held in Seattle, WA from March 21-25, 2016.
Call For Papers: 2016 Native American and Literature Symposium
Panel Title: Teaching "Post-Modern" Native American and First Nations Literature
Many current (and not so current) Native American/First Nations texts exhibit the complex structures of post-modern literature, but are they really post-modern? And should we teach them as such?
Our world is a world of nations. The existence and fundamental importance of nations, national identities, or national boundaries is rarely questioned. Yet, the scholarly literature on nationalism has shown that national communities are socially constructed, that national identities are fluid, and that national boundaries are constantly contested. Clearly, maintaining nations requires a great deal of collective effort. How is it that this effort is rendered invisible? How have nations come to be seen as natural? Why do individuals buy into the idea of national identity?
This panel seeks papers that consider the role of objects in the production and study of Restoration and eighteenth-century drama. How might a consideration of the physical and material conditions of performance shed light on the texts through which we so often engage with the drama? What do textual artifacts reveal about production practices or even specific performances? Please send 300-word abstracts.
47th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
17 March - 20 March 2016
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sept. 30, 2015
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference
Hilton Atlanta, March 30 - April 3, 2016
The irony of the title A Star Is Born is no longer surprising, as new histories have examined the way that publicity before, during, and after the Hollywood Classical Cinema has changed and developed the reception of films, stars, and more. While studying films can tell us much about the way they figure into larger histories, studying the way studios, agencies, and other distributors have presented and sold their work to the public can reveal much about both the economic and social issues of the time.
The oft-remarked "spatial turn" in cultural studies (initiated in part by the reception of Michel de Certeau, Henri Lefebvre, and David Harvey) converged with a resurgence of interest in films that rest upon a depiction or evocation of a specific geographical entity: the "street film," the "city symphony" or the Bergfilm, to name a few oft-noted categories. Many scholars seem to agree tacitly that we might also speak about an "island film," although the term itself has yet to be properly articulated and circulated. In fact, the very concept of a discreet "islandology" is a brand new one (see Marc Shell, Stanford U.P. 2014).
Ruth Rendell, who has recently died, was one of the most prolific and important female authors of the C20th/21st centuries, achieving many literary awards and honours, plus a Labour peerage. Her literary output, both as Ruth Rendell and Barbara Vine, transcended generic boundaries and conventional assumptions about character, the police procedural novel, class and gender, amongst many of her other concerns.